Acosta, Regina_ScWk 298 FINAL DRAFT_2

Acosta, Regina_ScWk 298 FINAL DRAFT_2 - DD Parenting...

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DD Parenting Experiences 1 RUNNGING HEADER: DD Parenting Experiences “As hard as it is, there are blessings”: A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Parenting a Child with Developmental Disabilities: A Qualitative Study by Regina Acosta A Social Work 298 Special Project Presented to the Faculty of the College of Social Work San José State University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Social Work 298 Instructor: Amy D’Andrade, Ph.D Agency Field Instructor: Gerda Mosse, L.C.S.W. May, 2009
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DD Parenting Experiences 2 Abstract This study utilized the phenomenological qualitative approach to explore and uncover the experiences of parenting a child with developmental disabilities. This study consisted of one participant-administered demographic questionnaire and one investigator-administered interview focused on uncovering the significant themes of parenting a child with a developmental disability. Four biological mothers participated in the study as a result of convenience sampling from Hope Services, Counseling Center. The study investigated parents’ experiences with a child with a developmental disability to uncover incidents of stress within the Family Systems and expressions of strong opinions about services providers and other supports. The findings of the study indicated that a variety of stressors in the family system and service feedback were consistent themes throughout the participants’ interviews. Additionally, unexpected significant themes like the safety of children and concerns with the current political and economic climates were consistent in the participants’ interviews. The study also examined phenomenological themes with parents’ emotions and feelings regarding parenting a child with a developmental disability as well as service needs from the social service sector. The study shows that social work implications included in this study like positionality and respectful partnerships are essential when working with marginalized populations. Future social work practice and policy can be significantly influenced for the greater care of the community when populations that are served are also heard. Furthermore, additional research is needed to examine the experiences of parents of children with developmental disabilities in order to improve general welfare, life and services for these families.
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DD Parenting Experiences 3 Dedication To Mom, Dad and Double J, for their unconditional love and encouragement throughout my academic career. Also to my grandparents, for their selfless sacrifices in hopes for better opportunities for their family. I am eternally grateful.
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DD Parenting Experiences 4 Acknowledgement I would like to thank everyone who assisted me during this research process. First of all, a special thanks to Dr. Amy D’Andrade for her support, thoughtful feedback, availability, and her ability to instruct in a way that made research a manageable and enjoyable experience. Furthermore, I would like to thank the staff at my placement, Hope Counseling
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